Qingdao Governor’s Mansion: Built in 1903 at a cost of 2.5 million tears of silver and used by Mao Zedong in 1958. The Governor’s Mansion has thirty rooms each with individual unique fireplaces and distinct style. The Guest House is now a museum and hotel hosting different art exhibitions annually. Qingdao History: The brief German occupation (15 years) gave Qingdao its unique European architecture that can be seen in majestic buildings such as former residence of the German Governor (aka Qingdao Guest House). It was one of a few buildings not damaged during cultural revolution.